Brownfields are former industrial or commercial properties that have redevelopment potential but may need to be cleaned up to address contamination or pollution. They can be old gas stations or auto repair shops, dry cleaners or manufacturing facilities, parking lots or vacant lots with unknown histories. Bringing brownfields back into active use has many benefits: decreasing vacancy, reducing hazards to human health and the environment, increasing the tax base, providing new neighborhood amenities, and protecting water quality.
This former brownfield is now a non-profit coffee house and community center.
PBP helped fund the assessments prior to redevelopment
As a property owner, prospective purchaser, or developer it is important to know if there is contamination on your site, and to protect yourself from liability and unexpected delay during development. The Portland Brownfield Program (PBP) offers technical and financial assistance for environmental site assessments on commercial properties. The PBP also manages a Revolving Loan Fund for cleanup activities on sites with known contamination.
A new round of grant funds has opened up for projects in outer east Portland (east of 82nd street). Although east Portland is our target area, any property that fits the eligibility criteria is welcome to apply.
The below video introduces the Brownfield Program and highlights the remediation of the Rollin’ Tire site on SE Foster Road.
For more information visit www.brownfield.org or call 503-823-7764